“Swords into plowshares” — This week at ELC

SwordsIn the midst of dark days, Isaiah proclaims that God will overcome the
powers those threaten Israel. Can we continue to proclaim God’s power in our own dark days?

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

Saturday -5:00 p.m. in the Chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship with Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld preaching

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Fellowship, Adult Study

10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  Swords into Plowshares – November 18, 2018

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Monday, Isaiah 36:4-12, Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

Tuesday, Isaiah 37:8-13, Hezekiah Consults Isaiah

Wednesday, Isaiah 37:14-29, Hezekiah’s Prayer

Thursday, Isaiah 37:30-38, Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death

Friday, Isaiah 38:1-22, Hezekiah’s Illness

Saturday, Isaiah 39:1-8, Envoys from Babylon Welcomed

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” (Isaiah 2:2-3a)

Israel now faces defeat at the hands of the Assyrian army. King Hezekiah is in a panic. But Isaiah has the long vision.

  • How do you suppose God decides how to arbitrate when communities are at odds with each other?
  • When have you trusted in God at a time when trusting took great courage? How did it turn out?
  • For the littles: Would you rather climb a tall mountain or swim in a deep ocean? Why?

PRAY:  Dear God, though the way ahead may seem uncertain, our fortunes are in your hands. Give us patience and vision to see what future you have for us, for we put our trust in you, Lord. Amen.

BLESS:  May God rejoice with you on the mountaintop. Amen.

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